NAACP urges current, future college athletes to reconsider public Florida schools

In an open letter published Monday, the NAACP urged Black college athletes to “reconsider any potential decision” to attend a public university in Florida following last week’s news that the University of Florida is eliminating its Diversity and Inclusion office. The Gainesville university’s decision came in response to a law signed last year by Florida … Read more

What we know about Kamilla Cardoso’s suspension, the NCAA Tournament implications of South Carolina-LSU fight

The rivalry between SEC foes LSU and South Carolina reached new heights when an altercation broke out during the conference championship game Sunday. Multiple players were ejected, and Gamecocks center Kamilla Cardoso has been suspended for the first game of the NCAA Tournament, the SEC confirmed to The Athletic on Monday. Wondering what happened between … Read more

The Caitlin Clark business is booming. Here’s how her WNBA sponsorships are lining up

Last fall, representatives from Gainbridge, an Indiana-based annuities seller, reached out to Caitlin Clark’s marketing agents at Excel Sports Management to discuss a sponsorship deal. The company was launching a new product line and its executives believed Clark could help them reach younger customers. Minji Ro, Gainbridge’s chief strategy officer, is also a longtime WNBA … Read more

Dartmouth basketball unionization effort explained: How we got here and what’s next

In a massive step for college athlete rights, the Dartmouth men’s basketball team on Tuesday voted 13-2 in favor of forming a union. The historic election was the latest event to challenge the bedrock principles of the NCAA, which has long prided itself on protecting the concept of amateurism in collegiate sports. Now, it appears … Read more

The moments that made Caitlin Clark The Athletic’s women’s basketball Player of the Year

Our honor of naming Caitlin Clark The Athletic’s Player of the Year is a surprise to absolutely no one. A media outlet or organization that doesn’t crown her as the national player of the year would be committing the basketball version of heresy. Small children to grandparents and the generations in between know about Clark’s … Read more

College athletes are getting closer to becoming employees. What would happen next?

The NCAA inches closer every day to a tipping point of dramatic overhaul. Years of tectonic shifts around college sports could soon usher in an era its leaders and administrators have long tried to avoid: the treatment of college athletes as employees. The next milestone could come Tuesday, when the Dartmouth men’s basketball team will … Read more

Caitlin Clark’s senior day another Iowa milestone as she passes Pete Maravich’s record

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Standing in front of every seat throughout Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Sunday was a similar story. Caitlin Clark, the most transcendent figure in modern sports, once again brought out the stars and fans. In her final regular-season game in the state she calls home, Clark scored 35 points to surpass “Pistol” Pete … Read more

How should broadcasts handle court-storming? On the line between documenting and glamorizing

Throughout a three-decade career as a prominent ESPN play-by-play broadcaster, Dave Pasch says he has been on the mic for two college basketball games that ended in a court-storming. One occurred earlier this month as unranked LSU upset Kentucky as time expired at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center in Baton Rouge, La. Pasch recalled this … Read more

Caitlin Clark declares for 2024 WNBA Draft ahead of final postseason run with Iowa

Having rewritten the collegiate record book over four seasons at Iowa, Caitlin Clark announced Thursday that she is entering the upcoming WNBA Draft and forgoing the opportunity to return to the Hawkeyes for a fifth year. Clark’s decision, which comes just days before Iowa’s final regular-season home game Sunday against No. 2 Ohio State, had … Read more

After Wake Forest incident, should court-storming be banned? ‘It’s a tough challenge’

By Brendan Marks, Dana O’Neil and Nicole Auerbach The floodgates burst before the final buzzer sounded. Although, given the record crowd inside Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Saturday, maybe that shouldn’t have been a surprise. Nearly 15,000 Wake Forest fans had crammed into the building to watch their team take on No. 8 Duke … Read more